This week saw the closing arguments in the federal trial over California’s Proposition 8 be delivered. Judge Vaughn walker will now take time to write what will no doubt be a blockbuster legal opinion as to the constitutionality of the gay marriage ban, bringing to a close the first stage of a case that has garnered international media attention and provoked strong reactions on both sides.
In fact, after California’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was enacted, celebrity photographer Adam Bouska and partner Jeff Parshley went as far as to set up the The NOH8 Campaign, a photographic project designed to protest the same-sex marriage ban and to allow people to show their support for gay rights at the same time.
Notable subjects that have been photographed for the NOH8 campaign include Cindy McCain and Meghan McCain, wife and daughter of Senator John McCain, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal campaigner Lt. Dan Choi and recently Glee star Jane Lynch.
The campaign shows participants with duct tape over their mouths, symbolizing their voices being silenced by Proposition 8, and the phrase “NOH8″ written on their cheeks.
Since its launch, over 2000 people have been photographed and the project has taken on international significance. With that, the NOH8 campaign has also grown and taken on a more rounded message, not just protesting same-sex marriage bans but all anti-gay and homophobic activity while always focusing on a message of unity and advocacy.
Now, NOH8 has launched a new PSA called “I Am Human” in which subjects of varying ethnicities, national origins, faiths, shapes and sexualities have come together to encourage people to look beyond the differences that separates us and, like in other NOH8 campaigns, emphasize the importance of starting a dialog and being visible in advocating for equal rights.
From the NOH8 website:
No matter what language you speak or what country you live in, everybody everywhere speaks the universal language of love. We are all human, and we deserve to be treated equally.
In the PSA the cast, which includes Star Trek actor George Takei, state their reasons for wanting to take part in the NOH8 project and lend their voices, in nine different languages, to the cause. Take a look:
The cast includes Amber Rose (English), George Takei (Japanese), Kimberley Locke (English), Louis van Amstel (Dutch), Marlee Matlin (American Sign Language), Mayim Bialik (Hebrew), Selene Luna (Spanish), Vassy (Greek and French), and Vida Ghaffari (Farsi).
- Watch the first NOH8 PSA “I AM” here.
- Watch the second NOH8 PSA “COME OUT” here.
- Go to the NOH8 website.
- Follow NOH8 on Twitter.
- Follow NOH8 on Facebook.